How To Reuse Planting Containers, Recycling Them Into A "Green" Planting Tower
Posted Jul 05 2010 3:09am
Recycling means more than simply melting down aluminum cans and reusing them. It
is also reclaiming old material and finding creative ways to make it new again.
A perfect example is finding ways to be more sustainable in the garden, such as
reusing old containers and
transforming them into something new. Above you see a
series of old plastic containers which have been painted, filled with soil, and
reused instead of throw away. Full video on the process is below.
It is easy to transform these old containers. First step is to wash and paint
the containers. Washing is important so the paint is able to form a strong bond.
Be sure to paint the inside brim as well as the outside of the pots.
Next step is to place an Ups-A-Daisy insert inside each of the pots. Place the tower
where you would like it to sit for the season - it is too heavy and difficult to
move AFTER you fill the containers completely with soil.
Fill the containers with soil (I used Organic
Mechanics Soil because of its strong water retention qualities). Stack
carefully, being sure the containers are securely balanced.
Watering in the plants very well is critical, particularly in a full sun
situation. I have rain barrels I utilize for the water, which is a sustainable
way to save money and use less water in your household.
Shawna watering the newly planted recycled container garden.
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